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Pigmentation Disorders

TREATMENT for Pigmentation Disorders IN MELBOURNE, FL

Uncommon pigmentation on the skin can come in numerous different variations and can also happen for various reasons.

People that do experience pigmentation conditions can feel like there is nothing that can be done about them.

However, with the latest in treatments, as well as medical grade products, Dr. Porter will create a treatment plan to help you reach an even and healthy skin tone.

three main areas of treatment


A common place skin dilemma that appears most frequently in expectant mothers. Even though, this condition can also impact men, about 90% of people that do have it are women. Melasma is known by appearing as discolored or darkened patches on skin. These patches of discoloration usually appear on the face.

The discoloration or darker pigmented areas typically occur on the:

  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Cheek area

While the condition is not harmful, it can bring about feelings of being self-conscious. Research shows we do not fully know what triggers melasma. Fluctuations in hormones have been associated to the possible cause of Melasma in some.


An autoimmune disorder, Vitiligo is recognized by a loss of pigment in areas. This triggers your skin to become lighter in contrast to the surrounding areas of skin that remain with normal pigment.

The skin condition isn’t limited to skin (or hair) it can also occur inside the mouth or even the eye area. This is not in any way life-threatening or hazardous. Some patients have reported the impacted area can become itchy or uncomfortable. Vitiligo is not transmissible.


Birthmarks are any abnormal discoloration, or marking, on the skin typically at birth or shortly thereafter. They can come in a range of sizes as well as shapes. Birthmarks can also present as moles, which are usually small (sometimes raised) pieces of darkened skin.

Relatively speaking, birthmarks are quite common. They sometimes appear as a small reddish/strawberry-like spot called, hemangioma. Hemangiomas are estimated to be seen on between 3% to 10% of newborn babies. Birthmarks will fade as the infant grows, but some, such as moles, will stay permanently.

Birthmark Types:

  • Mole – Small, darkened pigmented, sometimes, raised areas.
  • Port-wine – Typically seen in a ‘patch’ like spot of darker pigmented skin that typically will not go away or fade as one ages.
  • Hemangioma – Bright red patch(es) which can grow quickly before fading away; can cause pain in some areas.

Usually, birthmarks are cause no ill side-effects. Some though, can be an early indicator of (skin) disease. So, it is key to make sure these areas are checked by board certified dermatologists. Especially if you’ve seen changes to them.